Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yet another belated update

Why do i bother stating that my blog is behind the actual brewing activities? It's pretty much a given at this point.

Session Ale

The Session Ale remained at 1.011 adjusted gravity for its final reading, which means I can drop the pretense and just call it an IPA at 5.3%ABV. It's now conditioning in the keg until i hook it up to the Angram for some yummy cask action. When I had racked it to secondary and did the dry hop, i'd been a bit afraid that i had missed my hoppiness target. It was the right bitterness, but the flavor was a bit subdued. However, the Simcoe plugs did their job, not only imparting that wonderfully floral aroma, but also accenting the flavor. Can't wait for a pint of that.

Winter Spiced Ale

I also racked the Winter Spiced Ale to secondary. OG was 1.062 @80F or 1.065 adjusted. At secondary, i got a specific gravity of 1.016 @66F or 1.017 adjusted. That gives me 6.5% ABV. I didn't rack any of the wort, so i don't anticipate much of a change there by the time it gets kegged. As you can tell from the gravity, the sugars were pretty much converted. The spices are fairly subtle now (subtler than i had hoped, to be honest) and the Roast Barley really imparted a strong chocolate flavor. It's almost more a chocolate Porter than anything. The Spiced Ale will get kegged this coming Sunday.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Spiced Winter Ale

This past Saturday was the Carlsbad Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival, which as usual was a lot of fun. One Ale i really enjoyed was the Left Hand Snowbound, a spiced strong ale that just put you in the holiday spirits. So on Sunday, I gathered ingredients and decided to improvise my own spiced winter ale. Here's what I came up with:

Steep, 30min @160F

  • 0.5# Biscuit
  • 1# Honey Malt
  • 1# Roast Barley

Boil @ 60 min

  • 6# Light Malt Extract
  • 1 oz. East Kent Goldings pellets

Boil @ 15 min

  • 8 oz. Dark Brown Sugar
  • 16 oz. Honey
  • 1 oz. East Kent Goldings pellets
  • 1 oz. Cascade pellets
  • 1 tbsp. Irish Moss

Boil @ 0 min

  • 1 oz. Cascade pellets

Pitched at 80F with White Labs California Ale yeast.

Session Ale, once again

Time to play post catch-up and that means starting with the more IPA than Session 4th edition of my session ale. This time it came out to about 5.3% ABV, so really not quite session material. But it'll rock on the Angram. Since I change my recipe every single time, let's get to that first:

Steep, 30min @160F

  • 1# Carapils
  • 1# 10L Crystal

Boil @ 60min

  • 2 oz. Magnum pellets

Boil @ 15 min

  • 6# Light Malt Syrup
  • 1 oz. East Kent Goldings

Boil @ 0 min

  • 1 oz. East Kent Goldings

Pitched with White Labs English Ale Yeast at 80F. Primary lasted for a week, at which time I racked it into secondary with 2 oz. of Simcoe plugs. It's still in secondary now (second week) and I'll let it sit at least the full second week before racking to the keg.

Initial gravity was 1.048 @ 80F or 1.051 adjusted and gravity at secondary fermentation was 1.010 @ 72F or 1.011, which gives it a current ABV of 5.3%.

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